Anna Chancellor

Anna Chancellor

Apr. 27th, 1965
Born in
Richmond, Surrey, England, UK

Anna Chancellor's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Spooks (UK) TV Show
Spooks (UK)
Pride and Prejudice (UK) TV Show
Pride and Prejudice (UK)
New Blood TV Show
New Blood
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond TV Show
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond
Hidden (UK) TV Show
Hidden (UK)
Pramface (UK) TV Show
Pramface (UK)
FortySomething (UK) TV Show
FortySomething (UK)
Mapp And Lucia (UK) TV Show
Mapp And Lucia (UK)
Suburban Shootout (UK) TV Show
Suburban Shootout (UK)
The Cazalets (UK) TV Show
The Cazalets (UK)
Colin and Justin's Wedding Belles (UK) TV Show
Colin and Justin's Wedding Belles (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Chancellor had a prominent role in the series Kavanagh QC. She is also known for her performance as "Duckface" in Four Weddings and a Funeral opposite Hugh Grant. She has also been noted for her work as Caroline Bingley in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and as Questular Rontok in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In 2005, she joined the cast of the popular BBC One television drama series Spooks as a new regular character, Juliet Shaw. She has also appeared in The Vice, Jupiter Moon, Karaoke, Cold Lazarus, The Dreamers, and Tipping the Velvet, and has a starring role in the satirical black comedy Suburban Shootout. In 2011, she took a supporting role in the thriller serial The Hour, for which she received a British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination.

Chancellor was born in Richmond, London, England, the daughter of the Hon. Mary Alice Jolliffe (daughter of William Jolliffe, 4th Baron Hylton) and John Paget Chancellor. Through her mother's mother, Lady Perdita Rose Mary Asquith, Chancellor is the great-granddaughter of Raymond Asquith and the great-great-granddaughter of Prime Minister H. H. Asquith, and through her father, she is the great-great-granddaughter of the 12th Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham (a descendant of Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter and William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley). She is a second cousin, once removed of actress Helena Bonham Carter, through her mother's side. Her uncle is journalist Alexander Chancellor, the father of model Cecilia Chancellor, her eight-times great-aunt was author Jane Austen, herself a great-niece of James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. She is also twice a descendant of Mary Boleyn and once of Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich and John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.citation needed]
Chancellor was accepted into the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, but in her third year she became pregnant and dropped out.citation needed] Her daughter with Scots poet Jock Scott, Poppy Chancellor, was born in 1987. When their relationship ended, she then married a cameraman, Nigel Willoughby, whom she had met in 1993 while shooting a Boddington's advertisement. However, they divorced in 1998.citation needed] She is now married to Redha Debbah.

  • Her eight-times great aunt is author 'Jane Austen (I)' (qv).
  • She was nominated for the 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role of 1996 for her performance in Stanley.
  • She has twice lost 'Colin Firth' (qv) to another woman in a film. First in _"Pride and Prejudice" (1995)_ (qv), when as Caroline Bingley she loses out to 'Jennifer Ehle' (qv)'s Elizabeth Bennet. Then, in 2003 as Glynnis Payne, she loses him to 'Kelly Preston' (qv)'s Libby Reynolds. Her bad luck when it comes to landing film hubbies apparently began in 1994's _Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)_ (qv), in which her Henrietta was jilted at the altar by terminal bachelor Charles, played by actor 'Hugh Grant'.
  • Anna Chancellor is the niece of journalist/ commentator Alexander Chancellor, and the daughter of John Chancellor by his 1st wife Hon. Mary Joliffe, of the Lords Hylton (and herself a great-granddaughter of H.H. Asquith, formerly a Prime Minister and then 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith). So that means she is related to actress 'Helena Bonham Carter' (qv) (also a great-granddaughter of Asquith - but via his elder daughter Violet, instead of his eldest son like Anna).
  • Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, but left at the age of 21 when she became pregnant with her daughter, Poppy.
  • She has one daughter, Poppy.
  • Anna's father was the great-grandson (maternally) of the 12th Earl of Winchilsea & Nottingham, who was himself the son of the 10th Earl of Winchilsea & Nottingham (two separate earldoms) by his *third* wife Fanny Margaretta Rice. Fanny Rice was herself the granddaughter maternally of one Edward Knight, of Chawton, Hants, and Godmersham, Kent, whose younger sister just happened to be one 'Jane Austen (I)' (qv), novelist.
  • Once famously shocked TV hosts Richard & Judy, the TV audience, and the ITV network bosses, when she uttered the 'f' word live on _"This Morning" (1988)_ (qv) whilst being interviewed.

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